The nonprofit Children’s Restoration Network’s Thanksgiving Food Drive is seeking volunteers to organize, host and help gather food by Nov. 20.

The drive supports a list (see below) of homeless shelters and group homes located in and around Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.

“These shelters and group homes primarily house and help homeless youth and women in these communities,” Cliff Kinsey said. “They do a lot of great work to help the children and women get back on their feet and break out of the cycle of homelessness, but, unfortunately, they are often critically underfunded and understaffed for the population they serve. This means that holidays become very stressful for the staff and the youth. They often simply do not have the means to actually enjoy the holidays.”

For Thanksgiving, Children’s Restoration Network hopes to collect enough food for everyone to have a meal on the 26th, Kinsey said.

There are three ways that volunteers can help, such as host a donation/collection site that CRN will provide all the necessary materials; pick up the donations and move them to a central storage location; or volunteers can help sort and/or deliver the food to homeless shelters and group homes in their area and across Metro Atlanta.

The biggest needs are non-perishable food, gift cards and turkeys.

“Our goal is to collect 300 turkeys and all the trimmings to go along with it for a bountiful Thanksgiving meal for the homeless children we serve,” Julia Grochowski, a spokesperson with the organization, said. “We respectfully request gift cards in lieu of frozen turkeys due to limited amount of cold storage space; however, we will be happy to except either.”

The drive’s goal is to fill the food pantries of 134 shelters and group homes throughout 21 metro-Atlanta counties and to provide a delicious Thanksgiving dinner to our most valuable community members – more than 3,000 homeless children and their mothers. Since the program launched 18 years ago, the Thanksgiving Campaign has grown into a massive grass-roots undertaking that crosses city lines, mobilizing individuals from every age and interest group in our community.

Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Cliff Kinsey at (770) 649-7117.

Children’s Restoration Network focuses on the plight of homeless children in the community. In addition to meeting basic needs, CRN conducts special events to provide a broad range of positive experiences for the children and their mothers to promote healthy and happy community interaction. Find out more at www.ChildRN.org.

Below is a list of some of the shelters and group homes in your area will directly benefit from the food drive:

Ark of the Covenant
Action Ministries
Carrie-Steele Pitts Home
Cascade House
Covenant House
Cuffie’s Home Care
Delowe Village Community
Drake House
Families First
Fulton Family Resources
Genesis Shelter
Homestretch
Jars of Clay
Joy of Living Shelter
Mary Hall Freedom House, Inc.
My Sister’s House
Nicholas House-Boulevard
Partnership Against Domestic Violence
Perfect Heart Recovery Home
Phoenix Rising
Salvation Army
Tapestry Youth Ministries